Sunday, April 15, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 4/15/2012: Night Ride has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is Night Ride.

Night Ride exists only as an ad-supported, free version in Google Play, and it is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

Night Ride is described as follows:
Feel the thrill of motorcycle racing like never before in Night Ride, the sci-fi racing game by Black Bunny Studio. Collect points, use exciting power-ups, and try to last as long as you can while you indulge your need for speed.

Ride Like the Wind

You're zooming down the highway on your high-tech motorcycle. Collect points by hitting various lighted targets on the road.

Some of these targets are awesome power-ups, such as a laser gun, turbo boost, and a bonus that increases the width of your bike, making it much easier to hit the lighted targets. But watch out! You'll want to avoid zapping yourself with the high-voltage electric beams placed in your path.

Levels and Achievements

Level-up by unlocking achievements. Each level increases your score multiplier and makes the game more challenging.

Don't take your eyes off the road for a second. You'll be riding against tough opponents from around the world. Compare high scores and achievements with other players through OpenFeint.
Night Ride is rated at 4.0 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 2.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

Backup Up to 5 PC's!
As far as the lack of a full paid game in Google Play, the developer said "due to Google's payment limitations, I am unable to offer a full version for this game."

As soon as we saw OpenFeint mentioned, we know the Amazon Appstore rating would be low. There is more of a "crusade" against OpenFeint on the Appstore, just as there is more permissions paranoia there, as well.

That said, the game was also dinged for control issues and bugs.

Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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